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About Baird Lightner Millsap

Why Choose Us?

About BLM Law
Baird Lightner Millsap is a full service law firm for a very important reason. We’re here to better represent you in every part of your life.


Started in 1983 by Ron Baird in Springfield, Missouri, John Lightner joined him in 1984 to help create the locally owned but nationally recognized law firm that is Baird Lightner Millsap. Mark Millsap followed in 1992 bringing his family law expertise and in 2006 Doug Harpool joined bringing valuable government and insurance law experience. Over the past quarter century, our firm has continued to grow. We’ve grown our practice to fifteen attorneys and ten staff members. We’ve grown in our experience, our understanding and our ability to serve you in every aspect of your legal needs. We’ve grown in the face of changes in the world and changes in Springfield and the surrounding area. We’ve grown as professionals and members of the community.


As we’ve grown, we have not changed our core beliefs and commitment to our clients. We are committed to providing legal care that goes above and beyond for everyone we represent. Baird Lightner Millsap practices in a professional manner and we have earned the respect of judges and colleagues. We provide leadership throughout the Springfield community both in theorganizations we are involved in and the charities and groups we support. All of our attorneys are active in the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and have held leadership positions past and present.


Baird Lightner Millsap enjoy giving back to the community that has given so much to us. Charities and organizations Baird Lightner Millsap and its attorneys are proud to support include Springfield Workshop, Girl Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Springfield Arts Council, Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Ozarks Literary Council. We are proud of our achievements and recognition of our commitment to clients. Our firm is AV™ rated by the Martindale-Hubbell© association, the highest rating given by the publication. It is a reflection of our experience as attorneys, as well as our high professional and ethical standards. Our attorneys have been listed as Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 and continue to be awarded this honor annually. Baird Lightner Millsap attorneys have also been recognized as Super Lawyers®, a listing of prominent attorneys in each state. Our insurance defense team is recognized by A.M. Best, the leading credit rating organization for the insurance industry, as Recommended Insurance Attorneys.


Call to schedule an initial consultation and let us put our experience and expertise to work for you.

“Baird Lightner Millsap extend to each of our clients the individual attention, responsive client service, and most importantly, the respect that they deserve. We provide conscientious legal care, guidance and insight to ensure that you can meet your goals. We work hard for everyone we represent. We will work hard for you.”
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